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1999Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

1700William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation

1996Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

2012Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia

1789First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

558In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.

1429English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1947General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

1959"Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

1917Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

1664Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.

1888George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

May 7th Historical Events
Date Event
558
In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt. 
1274
2nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens 
1355
1,200 Jews of Toledo Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara 
1416
Monk Nicolaas Serrurier arrested because of heresy at Tournay 
1429
English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army 
1579
Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands 
1624
Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru 
1638
Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited) 
1660
Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni 
1663
Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens 
1664
Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles. 
1697
Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace). 
1700
William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation 
1718
The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville . 
1727
Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia 
1748
French troops conquer Maastricht in the War of the Austrian Succession 
1765
HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched 
1771
Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada 
1775
Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria 
1789
First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC) 
1792
Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington) 
1800
Indiana Territory organized 
1824
Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna 
1832
Greece becomes independent 
1832
Otto of Bavaria is chosen king of Greece 
1836
The settlement of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain. 
1840
Tornado strikes Natchez, Miss, kills 317 
1847
American Medical Association organizes (Phila) 
1848
Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia 
1856
Argentina & Brazil sign a navigation pact 
1861
Riot occurs between prosecessionist & Union supporters in Knoxville TN 
1862
Battle of West Point, VA (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville) 
1862
Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire 
1864
Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500) 
1864
Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction Virginia (Drewry's Bluff) 
1866
German premier Otto Von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt 
1867
Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans 
1873
US marines attack Panama 
1875
German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed 
1877
Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory 
1885
John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti 
1888
Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris 
1888
George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera" 
1891
Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Moslem rebellion, 300 killed 
1895
In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day. 
1902
Soufriere volcano on St Vincent kills 2-5,000 
1904
Flexible Flyer trademark registered 
1907
Charles Collier wins 1st Isle of Man TT Race: (38.22 mph) 
1908
Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire 
1909
Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv) 
1910
35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6 
1912
Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer 
1913
British House of Commons rejects women's right to vote 
1913
An ambassadorial conference in St Petersburg, Russia, awards the town of Silistria to Rumania in compensation for Bulgaria's other territorial gains in the First Balkan War 
1914
US Congress establishes mother's day 
1915
SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost 
1917
Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0 
1920
USSR recognizes Georgia's independence 
1921
47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2 
1922
Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2 
1922
NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0 
1923
Mine strike at Belgian Borinage railroad 
1924
Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana 
1925
Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row 
1925
Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play 
1927
SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated 
1927
Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal. 
1928
The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21 
1928
Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey) 
1930
Duleepsinhji scores 333 for Sussex v Northants in 330 mins 
1932
58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2 
1934
Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal 
1934
Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region 
1934
Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White) 
1934
World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines 
1938
64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin wins in 2:04.8 
1938
Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers" 
1939
Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis 
1941
British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3) 
1941
Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid 
1941
Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA 
1942
Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion 
1942
Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed 
1943
British 11th Hussars occupy Tunis 
1943
Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps 
1943
Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after scientist, launched 
1943
US 1st Armour division occupies Ferryville, Tunisia 
1943
US 9th Infantry division occupies Bizerta/Bensert, Tunisia 
1944
German assault on Tito's hideout in Drvar Bosnia 
1945
Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League 
1945
WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands 
1945
WWII: unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims 
1945
Mauthausen Concentration Camp liberated 
1945
Princess Irene Brigade moves into the Hague Neth 
1945
Pulitzer prize awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano) 
1945
SS open fire on crowd in Amsterdam, killing 22 
1946
William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands 
1946
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees. 
1947
"Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC 
1947
General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution 
1947
Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt 
1948
Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death 
1949
75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2 
1951
Intl Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics 
1951
Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town) 
1952
The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer. 
1953
"Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances 
1953
Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile 
1954
French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu 
1954
US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership in NATO 
1955
81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8 
1955
USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain 
1955
West European Union established 
1956
Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300 
1956
NY Giant Bill White, homers in his 1st at bat 
1956
Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett 
1957
Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald 
1958
US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m 
1959
"Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition 
1960
"Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances 
1960
"Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 perfs 
1960
"From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances 
1960
86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4 
1960
Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery 
1960
LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry 
1960
Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as pres of USSR 
1960
Michael Tal beats Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship 
1960
USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy 
1961
"Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 perfs 
1961
Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
1962
Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960) 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
1963
Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ 
1963
SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km)) 
1965
WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1966
92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02 
1966
Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1 
1966
Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene 
1967
Carol Mann wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open 
1969
2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1 
1969
Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA 
1970
"Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release 
1972
26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1 
1972
Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic 
1973
Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter) 
1974
Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin) 
1975
Flyers 3-Isles 4 (OT)-Semifinals-Flyers hold 3-1 lead 
1975
Pres Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era" 
1975
Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays 
1977
"Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances 
1977
103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2 
1979
5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila 
1979
Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland) 
1980
Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried 
1980
Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC 
1982
"Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 perfs 
1982
Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing 
1982
IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1 
1982
Oakland Raiders to move to LA 
1982
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1983
109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2 
1983
August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups 
1983
Bruins 4-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles win series 4-2 
1984
$180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit 
1984
Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic 
1986
Bucharest wins 31st Europe Cup I 
1986
Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires 
1986
Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner 
1987
105°F in Sacramento, CA 
1987
Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on Cheers 
1988
114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2 
1988
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1989
Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic 
1989
Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet 
1989
Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency 
1991
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1991
Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs 
1992
5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine 
1992
Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes 
1992
Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races 
1992
US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour) 
1993
South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections 
1994
120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6 
1994
Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle) 
1994
Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" recovered 3 months after stolen 
1995
"On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 perfs 
1995
Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election 
1995
Michelle McGann wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1995
Twins beat Indians 10-9 in 17 innings, 6 hours & 36 minutes 
1996
Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown 
1997
Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants 
1997
Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8) 
1998
Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history. 
1999
Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. 
1999
In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup. 
1999
Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054. 
1999
A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD. 
2002
A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people. 
2007
The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered. 
2011
137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04 
2012
NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province 
2012
Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia 
2012
Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth 
2013
55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria 
2013
The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs 
2013
4 people are killed after the Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines 
2013
20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico 
2013
8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India 
2013
Jolly Nero, an Italian cargo ship, crashes into the port of Genoa, killing seven people 
2013
Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage 
2016
Bus Driver's Son Sadiq Khan Becomes 1st Muslim London Mayor 
2016
Russia says truce extended for 72 hours in Aleppo, Latakia 
2016
Former presidential rival Jeb Bush says he will not vote for Trump 
2016
Wildfire continues to burn near Fort McMurray in Canada 
2016
Leicester City to hold parade on 16 May to celebrate title success 
2017
Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby on sloppy track 
2017
82 kidnapped Chibok girls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects: Nigerian presidency 
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